So far....What a Disappointment.

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Review by Routerisstillmyname posted 11-01-2010 05:04 AM 9052 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About near two decades ago, I purchased a Dowel-it 1000 which I’ve used almost on every other project.
It was made in USA and 100% accurate. And it’s held up to a half a dozen drops and what have you with just slight calibration after all these years. Awesome jig.

Behold the new so called USA made dowel-it 2100.
it has a 6 inch capacity and Two removable bushing screws with 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8” sizes two each. and the 7/16 and 1/2 are permanent.

I purchased this for a project that needed wider jig and dual holes at a price of 65 plus a hefty shipping.
And I can tell you that the jig I received is slightly a notch above the harbor freight jig which has smaller width capacity.
This is embarrassing at best. Not only it misses the center (not 100% accurate as far as drilling, one of the 3/8 Holes looks like it’s been tapped on a slight angle the 1/2 hole I had to force the drill bit through and the 7/16 as you can see from the picture is much smaller than 7/16 and it will not work.

I am giving this a generous 1 star for now. I have to see how the manufacturer and the seller will handle this. did I flush hard earned 80 down the toilet?

So, made in USA? hummmmm, I wonder. maybe assembled?
I hope that the quality of the rest isn’t like the one that I received otherwise made in USA just means more $$$ for less quality.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 05:20 AM

Nowadays, it only requires a minimum (I hear tell, and I don’t know the percentage) amount of parts and labor in the country claimed as “manufactured in” to be called “manufactured in XXX”. Case in point, I bought dial calipers for wood working “Made in Switzerland” for $25 USD a few years ago. But they’re plastic, and not all that accurate. A major portion is made in chinee. Another case- I needed a good backpack. So, off to the store I go, and find a really nice backpack- Swiss Army! How nice! Then, I get it home, load it full of stuff, carry it around, buyer’s remorse sets in. Hmmm, why is this zipper pulling loose? What the heck is wrong with that pocket, the stitching is coming off? Looks deep into the backpack, pulls out a paper tag: “Made in China”. Even the Swiss have sold out. Though, honestly, that bank account thing has made the Swiss a munificent country, what with all that unclaimed money.

Though, in all fairness, this seems to be a common theme across the world. Few people seem to have any real pride in their workmanship. To be fair, automobile manufacturers have taken deep strides into making a better product. I see seriously lacking performance in industries across the board, however.

LJs, excepted! If only everyone in the world cared enough to build what they build like is done here! WOW!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 05:42 PM

Unfortunately, HF does not have the 6 inch capacity version. otherwise, I might have considered it. you can get the HF and after you spend a day removing the grease, you can calibrate it.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 10:43 PM

I have the harbor freight one, routerisstillmyname, how do you recalibrate it?

Just looking at the picture you can tell that thing is not on center :(

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 11:36 PM

You need two equal thickness shims ¼ thickness or better. Like router Brass Set-up Gauges and
Allen wrench.( for harbor freight, metric I’m guessing).
Loosen/ blackout the small middle Allen has a spring under it and sometimes a ball. The middle section will then move on the center. Place the two shims on each side of the center. Tighten the handle until the shims are snug equally on each side then tighten the Allen screw.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 09:19 PM

Well, in conclusion I will have to say that where I purchased this jig has offered an exemplary customer service and I highly recommend them.

On the other hand, the company that manufactures this so called US made jig (dowel-it) has lost a loyal near two-decade customer.

If you need a similar jig, have a look at TASK.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 07:28 AM

I just bought a Joint-Genie which is made in England and it is great but not cheap. Way cheaper than Dowelmax and out of the box will do more. Look at their videos on the web site wish I had it along time ago.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#7 posted 04-04-2016 10:48 AM

I just used the dowl-it jig to build my work bench and I found it to work exactly as designed.

-- Kennyl

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